STAGE 11: The buyer’s solicitor raises final enquiries about the title to the property, makes pre-completion searches and drafts the transfer and other documents that will transfer ownership of the property, the business, etc, into the buyer’s name, sending them to the seller’s solicitor for approval

Now that contracts have been exchanged, it is down to the lawyers to sort out the final legal details, paperwork and searches in readiness for completion. Ideally, the only way in which either the buyer or the seller will be involved in this stage is to sign the completion documents – if any more involvement is needed, that means that a problem has arisen!

Often, this work will have been dealt with at an earlier stage, certainly if the parties are hoping to have a simultaneous exchange of contracts and completion

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